I spotted this story in the local newspaper yesterday. Now it seems that the world has caught up, it is national news. I will name and shame.
Some batty fruitcake of a woman (Sabrina Fallon) heard odd noises in her loft and called in the council to investigate. The council called in a lying fraudster (Suzanne Hadwin) who put down some salt and claimed to "exorcise" the spirit.
The council paid the con artist. The council spokesman (Andrew Burnip) defended the decision. If you live in Durham, those are your taxes being stolen.